Every single year there are millions of dollars in Texas Lottery winnings that go unclaimed. It could be for a variety of reasons. Players forget to check their tickets, misplace them, or just don't realize they've won.

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Such was the case right here in Texas not long ago. WFAA TV reported that a winning ticket worth one million dollars had been sold in the Dallas area with the prize remaining to be claimed. You might be surprised, but unclaimed lottery prizes in Texas are more common than you might think. So what happens to this unclaimed money?


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When Texas Lottery prizes go unclaimed, they don't just vanish into thin air. The Texas Lottery Commission has specific guidelines on how to handle the funds. It's important to know that players do have 180 days from the drawing date to claim their winnings. After that, the money gets put to good use.

A big portion of unclaimed prize money goes to the Foundation School Fund, which supports public education in Texas. So, if a player forgets their winnings, the funds benefit the community. The Texas Lottery has contributed billions to public education since the beginning. Unclaimed prizes are a part of this contribution.

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Some of the unclaimed money goes back into the lottery as promotions or additional prizes. This gives more incentives for players to play and sweetens the prize pool of future games. The promotions are a way for the Texas Lottery Commission to redistribute the unclaimed funds, giving them a second chance at finding a winner.

If you play the Texas Lottery, here's a gentle reminder to always check your tickets and keep them in a safe place. I've heard stories of folks discovering old tickets worth big bucks, sometimes just days before they expire. Don't forget, players can check their numbers online or via the Texas Lottery app, making it easier than ever to make sure you don't miss out.

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While it's exciting to dream of winning big, it's also a good idea to remember to claim the prize. The Texas Lottery makes sure that unclaimed prizes support crucial areas like public education. So next time you buy a ticket, keep it safe and check those numbers.

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